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Mar 12, 2011 5:00am EST
dictation of what i believe to be the main responsibility to protect america from a terrorist attack. >> hello. as fighting intensifies on the crown, so does an international debate on military options in libya, which could include a no- fly zone. amid growing concern about the bombing of rebel-held areas by gaddafi's forces, there are voices in the u.s. and europe calling for the rebels to be armed to directly. it sounds simple, but history offers plenty of cautionary tales. in a moment, we will hear whether senator john mccain thinks it is a good idea. >> what i am calling for is a greater access for the libyan opposition forces for weaponry. >> there is no guarantee that by helping these people, you necessarily bring about a more democratic outcome or more desirable outcome. >> the question is, what kind of arms with a supply? whom would supply them? britain session -- britain's special forces may have suffered a setback last week in libya. but the momentum is still building in the west for military intervention of some kind, including perhaps arm the rebels. in libya, repeated bo
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Mar 11, 2011 4:00am EST
"blessed," believing that in a tolerant america your name is no barrier to success. >> but his father only stayed for a couple of years. and then, he went to study at harvard, and left the mom and the son behind. >> the marriage really fell apart at that point. he ultimately moved back to africa. >> narrator: he would only see his american son one other time. there were other women, and seven other children. >> his whole family seems to have been pretty free-thinking. and they seem to have been a pretty non-conformist household. and certainly, his mother went on to be a very free-thinking and much-traveled person. >> narrator: his mother remarried. they moved to indonesia, but her ambitions for her son were decidedly american. >> she came into my room at 4:00 in the morning, force fed me breakfast, and proceeded to teach me my english lessons for three hours before i left for school and she went to work. i offered stiff resistance to this regimen. she would patiently repeat her most powerful defense-- "this is no picnic for me either, buster." >> i think she felt like, here's this afr
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Mar 31, 2011 5:30pm EDT
>> this is bbc world news america. funding for this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vt., andnd honolulu. newman's own foundation, the john d. and catherine t. foundatiomacarthur foundation, n bank. ♪ >> union bank has put its financial strength to work for a wide range of companies, from small businesses to major corporations. what can we do for you? >> and now bbc world news. >> this is bbc world news america reporting from washington. i am matt frye. rebels and government forces continue to fight it out in libya. the end game in the ivory coast, the incumbent president to give it up. virgin galactic rocket ship will soon be ready to make it real. we have an inside look. >> we have six passengers sitting free on each side of the vehicle. there will be able to look into the blackness of space. >> welcome. makess gaddafi's de army games, his political allies flee. rousseff colusa abandoned his job, fled his country, and began to spill the beans. he is now being trumpeted in the west as a sign that gaddafi's regime is coming from within
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Mar 12, 2011 4:00am EST
hearings. >> the controversial king hearings on muslims in america. >> i am afraid today's hearing may eventually raise suspicion of the muslim community, making us all less safe. >> in wisconsin, collective bargaining rights stripped from public workers. >> this is about the middle- class and doing it in a way to avoid massive tax increases and layoffs. >> in washington, congress tried to get its budget act together. >> we cannot keep on spending money we do not have. >> in libya, ragtag forces hand on. should the u.s. intervene? and npr's shoots itself in the foot again. >> it is time to push bird bird out of the nest. >> let me say at the outset we are putting this program together on friday just as we are getting the details on the earthquake and to none in japan. we do not have a lot to add except that modern science and technology have enabled officials in hawaii and the west coast of the u.s. to warn residents well in advance. as always, the u.s. navy is ready to respond quickly to events in the pacific with humanitarian relief. beyond that, there is not much we can say at this
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Mar 7, 2011 12:00pm EST
, and cameron, i think, recognized that. >> rose: there's a big thing, big subject in america today. it's called america's decline. or america's competitiveness. that's what the president spoke to in the state of the union, and all kinds of people are debating this subject now. it has to do with the rise of china and india and the economic growth of those emergeing nations. it has to do with the fact that technology has no respect for boundaries, which we are discovering in the middle east right now, right? >> absolutely. >> rose: where do you come down on that in terms of america? because you're leaving america. >> america has had great natural resources, huge amount of land, and that's been extremely important in its growth. but it also has respected science and innovation, and we see great growth areas in california and the boston area, in particular. and i think america recognizes the importance of human capital. that is, intellectual capital and the generation of ideas. but it needs more nurturing. i mean, science education in the u.s. is not up to scratch. and -- >> what does
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Mar 29, 2011 12:30pm EDT
just a hollywood storyline. it's happening every day, all across america. every time a storefront opens. or the midnight oil is burned. or when someone chases a dream, not just a dollar. they are small business owners. so if you wanna root for a real hero, support small business. shop small. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: this is singapore's white house. except it's not a residence, it's a place for meetings. i have come here to meet lee kuan yew. he's the founder of modern singapore and a man much admired for making his city a prosperous country and an economic power. although some criticize his methods, he has no regrets for the choices he made to build singapore. i've interviewed him three times. he is 88 now and walks carefully. his beloved wife of 63 years, too, died last year. his son is the prime minister. the sharpness that made singapore is very much present. i've come here, like so many others, to talk about the world today, about america and china, about the middle east and asia and about sin
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Mar 8, 2011 5:00am EST
has been ridiculed. britain, france, and america are seeking to intervene in create a division within libya. any move would have to be carefully calculated. >> thanks for that. news is developing of the turn. if you want the latest on the country, had to a website bbc.com. all of the other developments, we will bring them to you. at least 20 people are being killed and more than 100 injured by a car bomb in eastern pakistan. this is right of a natural gas filling station. police say a car packed with explosives was detonated by remote control. it led to some gas exploding. you can imagine the level of explosion it led to. our correspondent is in islamabad covering this for us. the damage is pretty widespread. >> the damage was huge. the explosion was so powerful it rocked the ground. it brought to the gas filling station down. heavy-duty equipment and cranes have been brought in as rescue workers are still at the scene. they are trying to live the way all of the debris. they hope to find survivors underneath. they're not clear if the intended target of the attack was the gas station.
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Mar 23, 2011 12:30pm EDT
over the globe. in america we don't do language very well or culture very well. the largest somali population is in minute -- minneapolis. we've got kids speaking multiple languages so these businesses have begun to say i get it and they'll hire a few for the summer and help get through college. i think we've got to talk about an asset-based way of having a diverse community. >> charlie: mayors and their cities when we continue. but this isn't just a hollywood storyline. it's happening every day, all across america. every time a storefront opens. or the midnight oil is burned. or when someone chases a dream, not just a dollar. they are small business owners. so if you wanna root for a real hero, support small business. shop small. additional funding provided by these funders: captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> tonight a distinguished group of mayors look at cities, the urban experience with all of its possibilities and challenges. they face tough decisions, how to meet overwhelming financial commitments with limit
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Mar 25, 2011 9:35pm EDT
that? america is first among equals, as they say, in nato, so if we step back, who's stepping up? >> let's look at the two parts. to hand off the no-fly zone, it's pretty easy. once you've established it, that's pretty easy to do. there'll be american surveillance planes and american intelligence involved, but it'll be run by a canadian. the second half, the no drive zone, that's actually where the application of military power is going to start pushing, is already pushing against gaddafi and the united states is still in the lead in that. and they haven't quite figured out a clean way to hand it off to anybody else. today the pentagon was talking about possibly using helicopters and ac-130's, slow-flying, tactical aircraft that get awful close in. that's going to look like combat. >> who are the people, assuming they can displace ka due fee, who do they have in mind to replace him? >> that's the five bazillion dollar question. one thing the white house terrorism advisor is most worried about is we don't know who the libyan rebels are. you saw, and this could well have been an at
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Mar 11, 2011 5:00am EST
america. you can see the gold star in the left-handish corner of the sea. s that the epicenter of the quake itself and gradually spreading, six, nine, 12 hours across the ocean could indeed reach south america. the warning has gone that far. closer to home but somewhere to the south is tie pais. the capital of taiwan, and that is where cindy is at the moment. you are preparing for the tsunami to reach you when? >> well, the tsunami is supposed to have already hit in some of these coastal areas in taiwan, about 30 minutes ago and 15 minutes ago in the biggest port. but so far, they have noticed no unusual situation. in some places they measured a wave of only 10 centimeters high. so right now they are saying no unusual sea wave situation. so i asked them, taiwan being so close to japan, why is this the case? they said it's like something dropping into a tub of water. it can splash any which way. but it depends on the sea bed. the geology of the sea bed could make the waves higher than in other areas. so taiwan seems to be protected. it's a little bit tucked in from the mainland of
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Mar 9, 2011 7:00pm EST
selling treasuries now. >> we haven't lost faith in the u.s. government. america is still strong and the economy is growing, and we have perhaps 30 or 40 billion dollars worth of u.s. treasury bills. but those are shorter maturity obligations. so the argument really that we have is really a one of valuation. we simply think that longer dated treasury yields, and to cite a few examples, two-year at 70 basis, and five-year treasuries at 2% plus or minus simply are not reflective of where they should be or eventually going. if yields in longer dated segments then prices move lower. so it's not a negative thing in terms of the u.s., it's simply a overevaluation in terms of price. >> susie: so what would make you a buyer again? where would you have to see the yields on these various bonds? >> well, historicly, susie, let's take a 10-year treasury, today they had an auction, a yield of around 3.5%. historicly when the u.s. economy is growing in nominal terms, that means real growth plus inflation, close to 5%, which is what it's doing now, the 10-year treasury has yielded about 5%. now it
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Mar 25, 2011 10:00pm EDT
gates. obama, in the end, made a decision, we are going in, but now his objective is that america ought to leave and have the war on going. he wants to give up -- it is process over bad policy. you just heard him say in that at the exit strategy is executed this week. >> what is the exit strategy? >> the u.s. has special capability that will still be at us and that war. >> there are two parts to this, the easy part, the no-fly zone, and the other part, continuing to protect the civilian population, which apparently we have. >> gaddafi tries to test the no- fly zone. one fighter shot down by a french fighter, that is the end of that. >> well, the reason that we do is that after six days of negotiation, in which the u.s., through the secretary of state, desperately tried to get nato and others to take over, she did not succeed. that is why she at that awkward a statement tuesday night, saying "we are negotiating, drawing up our plans tornado to take over." the thing is, if we give that up, which obama is desperate to do, that is what he means by it exit strategy, and then, airstrike
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Mar 28, 2011 12:30pm EDT
isn't just a hollywood storyline. it's happening every day, all across america. every time a storefront opens. or the midnight oil is burned. or when someone chases a dream, not just a dollar. they are small business owners. so if you wanna root for a real hero, support small business. shop small. additional funding provided by these funders: captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. . >> rose: matt stone and trey parker are here. in 1997 they created the television show south park about four foul mouth fourth graders. it is was an immediate hit. since its debut the show has attract both controversy and praise for take on comedic targets ranging from scientology to paris hilton. now stone and parker have written and directed their first broadway musical it is called the book of more monday. they call it their atheist love letter to religion. i'm pleased to have both of them back at this table. welcome. >> thank you. >> thanks for having us again. >> rose: my pleasure. march 24th is sort of officially -- >> it's crazy
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Mar 21, 2011 12:30pm EDT
america. every time a storefront opens. or the midnight oil is burned. or when someone chases a dream, not just a dollar. they are small business owners. so if you wanna root for a real hero, support small business. shop small. additional funding provided by these funders: captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: we begin this evening with the crisis in libya. last night, the u.n. security council adopted a resolution giving broad backing to military action against all threats to civilians. the resolution also demanded a no-fly zone across the country. hours later libya's foreign minister announced an immediate cease-fire. >> i'm taking into consideration that libya is a full member of the u.n.. we accept that it's obliged to accept the u.n. security council resolution. therefore, libya has decided an immediate cease-fire and the stoppage of all military oppression. >> rose: secretary of state hillary clinton said the government now needs to show it is implementing the cease-fire. >> we are going to be not responsive
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Mar 9, 2011 12:00pm EST
next. but this isn't just a hollywood storyline. it's happening every day, all across america. every time a storefront opens. or the midnight oil is burned. or when someone chases a dream, not just a dollar. they are small business owners. so if you wanna root for a real hero, support small business. shop small. additional funding provided by these funders: captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> charlie: it is a decision that every modern american president must face, whether and how to intervene as libya spirals into a bloody civil war the debate ins tensefide this week and there was a bipartisan support for a no-fly zone with some senators saying the risk of waiting outweigh early action and president obama has emphasized the international support and the white house statement today said the president and british prime minister david cameron will have surveillance, arms embargo and a no-fly zone and joining me is ann-marie slaughter in charge of policy planning at the state department and david sanger of the new york
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Mar 3, 2011 12:30pm EST
to be at the beginning of some change in the way america looks at labor unions? >> i think that that change is taking place. >> charlie: that's question number one and it's unions number two. >> it's a difficult issue. on the one had the public and the polls show this are sympathetic to the rights of workers to organize and win for themselves a middle class life-style. but because of the dysfunctions of the negotiating between politicians and public employees, the public employees haven't been able to win themselves the wages they deserve but they've gotten these bloated healthcare and pension benefits and when the public looks at that, they say why are they getting that. >> charlie: so what's the answer to that. >> the answer is to bring those pension plans and healthcare more in line with the rest of the public. >> charlie: so you tell firemen and cops you're not going to get the pension plan that you expected? >> yes. you change the deal. especially you change it for new workers coming in. you make pensions more like the 401k's like the rest of us get. but you cannot forget,
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Mar 8, 2011 6:00pm EST
fertility rate in latin america. it's a distinction it would like to shed. we'll take a look at how. >> brown: judy woodruff examines what a cap on debit card fees would mean for consumers, banks, and retailers. >> ifill: and david brooks explores our inner lives in his new book, "the social animal." >> we're really good at talking about material things. really bad at talking about emotions, really good at stuff we can count. really bad at the deeper stuff that actually drives behavior. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> oil companies have changed my country. >> oil companies can make a difference. >> we have the chance to build the economy. >> create jobs, keep people healthy, and improve schools. >> and our communities. >> in angola chevron helps train engineers, teachers and farmers, launch child's programs. it's not just good business. >> i'm hopeful about my country's future. >> it's my country's future. >> you can't manufacture pride, but pride builds great cars. and you'll find in the people at toyota,
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Mar 17, 2011 6:00pm EDT
the people at toyota, all across america. >> auto companies make huge profits. >> last year, chevron made a lot of money. >> where does it go? >> every penny and more went into bringing energy to the world. >> the economy is tough right now, everywhere. >> we pumped $21 million into local economies, into small businesses, communities, equipment, materials. >> that money could make a big difference to a lot of people. >> and by bnsf railway. pacific life. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live a healthy productive life. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: japanese engineers marshaled all their remaining tools today in the week-long struggle to prevent a full-blown nuclear disaster. and in washington, president obama sought to reassure americans about the potential for radiation to drift over the u.s. >> we do not ex
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Mar 23, 2011 1:00am EDT
imagine immigrants to america must have felt in the 19th century. i cannot stay where i have been, and i embark on a journey to a destination of which i have only heard the vaguest rumors. >> narrator: on the day of his scheduled suicide, craig ewert arrives at an apartment building in zurich, switzerland, along with his wife mary. five months earlier, ewert, a 59-year-old american, was diagnosed with als, often called lou gehrig's disease. if he carries through with his plan, his body will leave this building in a hearse by the end of the day. >> i'm not really asking myself if i want to do it or not. i do want to do it. but, you know, there are other things in my life that i've wanted to do that i didn't do. ( elevator rings ) >> so, the nurse the other day didn't shave you, did she? >> narrator: a chicago native, craig ewert began to seriously consider suicide in the summer of 2006 while living in northern england. >> it got to be the middle of the august and... and i fell down coming inside from having been out. and it was rather traumatic for me. and that's really when i kind
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Mar 22, 2011 8:30pm EDT
thing does overheat in traffic. there was once this type of car in america, and, um, it kept catching fire, and that stopped the electric door things working, and, um, these families were burnt alive inside. great. right. okay. well, i'm gonna turn off the child locks. i was playing the game. what? it was a lie. i was playing the game. oh, dad! you got us good and proper! hey! ( laughing ) dad won the game, everyone! i need to wee! don't panic. um... okay, okay. use that. but, look, these have got holes in it so you don't suffocate. he'll just go on the carpet. there's this! brilliant! can you give it to ben, please? no, i need it. can you just give it to ben, please, 'cause he needs it. but it's my birthday, and i need it more than him, so i should get it! i need it more than you! ( horn honking ) what are you bloody hooting for? we haven't moved for half an hour! you aren't allowed to say that! i didn't say anything. yes, you did! you said the... something word. shh. shh. shush, now. shush. give me that bag, jake. you don't want to use that. it's got holes in it. i know, but i'm gon
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Mar 1, 2011 12:30pm EST
than let's say in europe or asia or latin america. >> rose: there's another idea of the 21st century called american decline. >> uh-huh. >> rose: and joe snooi rises to say "not so fast." >> that's true. americans go through cycles of declinism every ten or 20 years. after sputnik the russians were ten feet tall. >> rose: and the japanese were ten feet tall. >> now the chinese are ten feet tall after the recession of 2008. we usually outgrow this. but the reason it's important is when you misunderstand what power relations are really like it can do two things. you can make us too fearful and it can make other countries like the chinese have hubris which makes them push in a ways which unproductive and get into trouble. >> rose: but you argue they've overextended themselves and their overconfidence about their relationship with the united states and they've made a lot of... >> rose: that's true. i was in beijing in both december and january talking with chinese friends and there is widespread view among not just the people's liberation army and that the united states is in dec
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Mar 30, 2011 6:00pm EDT
and then they don't want to do something about helping remove him. this is a decision america has to make. plus libyans, libyans are saying we need your help, we want you to help us remove this ogre and it's up to you now. how long it takes, i don't know. >> lehrer: how do you feel about it? >> well, the world has watched qaddafi and his marinery and town a shame to watch the continued slaughter of innocent civilians but i think arming them could be a disaster in the making. you have a standing resolution, resolution 1970 called for an arms embargo of libya, called for an explicit effort to not have a region that's already awash with arms. and let's remember, the arms in libya, much of it, was supplied by american arms dealers. but to now arm the other side could lead civilians in even greater harm's way. so we are all very much in solidarity with the people of libya, especially after we've seen this spring arise in tunisia, in egypt. but arming the opposition, it's moved them from being pro-democracy forces to being rebels, to now being fighters to even being child soldiers. and
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Mar 17, 2011 12:00pm EDT
america's nuclear industry. >> rose: and then by telephone, ethan brawner of the "new york times" in bahrain. >> it's hard to imagine how they can get back out in the streets quickly. the tanks and the jeeps are out this very important places in great strength. again, on the other hand, bahrain really relies on the financial district and so on to have a normal life, and i think that they're going to have to end the curfew and the marshal law quality at some point. >> rose: we conclude this evening with a look at the continuing crisis in the middle east and north africa with rob malley, john negroponte, and zalmay khalilzad. >> i think what mrs. : clts has done, secretary clinton, has been to hold back on the idea of us stepping forward unilaterally on this but saying, look, if we get the requisite support from the international community, including the arab league, then the predicate has been set for some kind of roll by us in this situation. it has been slow. i agree with rob. and probably what it does is, it slows the attainment of our objectives, and it maybe makes a sort of stale
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Mar 18, 2011 6:00pm EDT
hotel. "britain and america have let us all down once again," they chant. these demonstrators knew exactly where to come. they've invaded the hotel in which all the foreign journalists were staying. listen, a whole bunch of demonstrators have just invaded a hotel where foreign journalists... >> guys... guys... please, guys! they saw us on tv, because this was broadcast live. >> reporter: so they came to the hotel that fast? >> they live here! this is the neighborhood! oh, come on now! don't do that to me! >> reporter: tripoli's pro- qaddafi mobs, who've continued today to play to the foreign press gallery, can read between the lines of the u.n. resolution. the stated objective is to stop bloodshed, but the unstated objective is pretty clear-- regime change. >> suarez: and now a view from benghazi. al jazeera reported late today that qaddafi's forces continued advancing to towns 30 miles from the city. earlier, hari sreenivasan talked by skype with james foley of the international web site global post, who was at a restaurant in benghazi. >> sreenivasan: james what the cell blation
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Mar 22, 2011 12:00pm EDT
to sell or explain america to the rest of the world in a way that they get and understand. if we take that definition, one could argue, given your point, that mr. bush is not cut out for public diplomacy, that at a point where we need to be engaged in the world right about now, given the mess that we are in, this is not the guy to put out in front as our diplomat in chief. >> i do not want to criticize the president, but i think this is very important, and i think he needs to convey the attitude to this administration that we need to be talking to the other countries. otherwise, we are not going to get to where we want to get. tavis, the real way to engage them is to talk about what their interests are, not what their positions are. sometimes, their positions are totally unacceptable to us, but if you understand what would be good for them, then you can get closer to home. tavis: what would be hypothetical be saying to a country like iran or syria, if the president were, to your point, to change on a dime and begin talking to them? >> to avoid chaos, a void a meltdown in iraq, --
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Mar 18, 2011 7:00pm EDT
-- sun-trust up almost 5%. goldman sachs up almost 3%. bank of america shares, though, were up just a fraction. it did not request permission from the fed to raise its dividend. caterpillar continued adding to recent gains. we're looking at a 90-session chart. this week, caterpillar was the best performing dow jones industrial component. the most recent low came a day before the japanese disaster. today caterpillar said global dealer sales were up 59% in the three months ending in february. cigarette maker lorillard popped 11% on seven times its usual volume even though a food and drug administration panel said removing menthol cigarettes from the u.s. market would help public health. the panel did not recommend banning menthols though. about 90% of lorillard's sales are from menthol cigarettes. starbucks is the latest consumer company to raise prices. shares were active even though they moved very little. its hiking grocery store coffee bean prices by 12%, blaming speculators. and just one new stock this week. cornerstone on-demand priced at $13 per share. but since its first trade
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Mar 21, 2011 7:00pm EDT
maya macguineas, director of the fiscal policy program at the new america foundation. >> there are two competing narratives on the health of social security. narrative one? the program faces insolvency, but down the road. the trust funds will be able to cover the costs for about 25 more years but then, all of a sudden, benefits will have to be cut abruptly for everyone-- including the poorest retirees. narrative two? social security has now started running cash flow deficits. covering these costs will cost taxpayers trillions of dollars and add unmanageable strains on the budget. guess what? both are true. politicians are busily fighting over which is the correct description of the problem. the irony is that whichever narrative one prefers, the policy prescription is the same: we need some combination of benefit cuts and tax increases, and the sooner we make them, the more fairly the changes can be spread. here's the bottom line: the nation's largest government program faces insolvency. changes have to be made. rather than fighting over which is the right narrative, politicians should
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Mar 31, 2011 7:00pm EDT
. morgan stanley called it america's fourth auto maker, upgrading shares to overweight. its price target-- $70 per share, two and a half times over tonight's closing price. auto parts maker meritor shed more than 15% as it dropped its guidance, thanks to higher steel prices. this is the former arvin- meritor. it officially dropped the arvin, and changed its ticker symbol to m-t-o-r. finally, erika reported on the berkshire hathaway controversy over an executive stock trade. both the "a" and "b" shares of berkshire fell 2%. the former executive at the center of the controversy is the biggest shareholder of middleburg financial, and he said he's interested in starting his own investment company. middleburg stock jumped almost 18% and that's tonight's "market focus." >> suzanne: look for higher prices from tota. the auto maker plans a 2% increase on models sold in the u.s. the price hike is expected to start in may, but it is not related to the recent supply and production disruptions caused by the earthquake and tsunami in japan. instead, the company says the move is to counter japanese ye
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Mar 29, 2011 7:00pm EDT
plant, tokyo electric on america's nuclear power growth until new safety guidelines are put in place. in japan, meantime, lucy craft reports the owner of the fukushima power plant may soon be under management, the japanese government. >> reporter: reports here say the government may temporarily nationalize tepco, which is confronting tens of billions of dollars in compensation to residents, fishermen and farmers who have been dislocated by the radiation disaster. a government takeover would ensure the company could meet those obligations, analysts say. the complex operation to stabilize fukushima's six damaged and leaking reactors could drag on for weeks. this weekend, trace plutonium turned up on the site, raising more alarm. tepco is the region's largest utility, and provides power to a third of japan's population, but with most of its nuclear power and other energy plants sidelined by the earthquake, tokyo is confronting huge power shortages, especially this summer. the nationalization rumors-- discounted by japanese officials-- sent tepco shares to their lowest level in almost 50
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Mar 15, 2011 7:00pm EDT
. >> america is home to some of the most productive and successful businesses in the world. recent government data shows that u.s. productivity is at the highest level in many years. but one place where productivity is lagging is in the hallowed halls of our great colleges and universities. now, productivity may not be a word you automatically associate with higher education. and yet, productivity is consistent with the loftier goals of academia. higher education productivity is about making the system more efficient, more innovative, and more cost-effective. we need a more productive higher education system because the u.s. needs a lot more college- qualified people to power our economy. and research shows that the public wants this. some states are working hard to increase productivity by paying for results, embracing new course and program delivery models, and making campus operations much more efficient. but the work must continue, because one thing we know for sure is that if companies, or colleges, don't meet the challenge, competitors will find openings and take advantage of them. and
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Mar 4, 2011 5:30pm EST
. welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america, also around the globe. my name is mike embley. coming up later for you -- in china, authorities moved to prevent pro-democracy protests there. our beijing and crew are among the many rounded up. and not good news for nasa. its satellite meets all watery end. -- a watery end. hello. forces loyal to the libyan leader have been fighting on two fronts as colonel gaddafi's government tries to reestablish control. in zawiya, many people are killed as government forces try to recapture it. 17 unconfirmed deaths are being reported in an apparently accidental explosion of an arms nghazi. be our world affairs editor sent this. >> this morning, a sandstorm close in over the coastal road that forms the battleground year. the rebels' military commanders planned to use the lull to consolidate forces. where wednesday's battle was fought, properly trained soldiers have taken over from the volunteers. but many of the volunteers were heading up wildly down the road to the next objective, without waiting for orders. the regular soldiers
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Mar 15, 2011 12:00pm EDT
, all across america. every time a storefront opens. or the midnight oil is burned. or when someone chases a dream, not just a dollar. they are small business owners. so if you wanna root for a real hero, support small business. shop small. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: we begin tonight with the tragedy in japan, the search for survivors continues after friday's earthquake and tsunami. the confirmed death toll on monday reached nearly 1,900. the number is expected to reach thousands more. for those who have survived many lacked a "heat, water and food in freezing winter temperatures and many are still looking for loved ones amid scenes of complete devastation. meanwhile, fears of radiation exposure are growing. there have already been partial meltdowns at two nuclear reactors in fukushima. at the time of this taping, technicians were bating to stabilize a third reactor. japanese officials say containment walls shielding the nuclear reactor cores remain intact. earlier today, the head of the u.n.'s nuclea
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Mar 29, 2011 9:00pm EDT
the complete fraud of amateurism within amateur sports in america. >> bergman: what vaccaro calls fraud, the ncaa proudly defends. they say the revenue from march madness goes back to the schools and pays for other ncaa tournaments. >> so, the ncaa runs 88 national championships, but it is men's basketball that allows the golf championship to go on, or the volleyball championship to go on, because those, of course, don't generate that same kind of revenue. >> bergman: so it's men's basketball that essentially subsidizes the rest of these championships. >> yes, that's exactly right. this is an incredible organization that serves our universities and our student- athletes so well. >> bergman: earlier this year, at his first ncaa convention, mark emmert spoke about the student-athlete. >> what makes sense to me is to talk about and think about student-athletes as "pre- professional," as people who are in training for what they will do in their life. that's what all of our students are like. they're pre-professional, and some of them happen to play sports. >> robert griffin iii, star
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Mar 23, 2011 6:00pm EDT
force unless there was imminent threat to america. i think he was wrong in 2007. i think he was right when he stepped in for humanitarian purposes to stop slaughtering benghazi. however the process i'm talking about is before you do that you sit with the members of congress you consult with the representatives. here it seems like you stepped forward working with the international community, working with the u.n., working with the arab league before congress ever got involved. that will make it harder for folks on both sides of the aisle to be comfortable where we're at even if it is the right thing. >> lehrer: senator hart, the big overview aside for a moment, we now... this operation is now under way. how would you state the desired outcome from this military operation? however it goes with other countries finally getting involved or whatever, what do you think should be the point of this? >> well, first of all, it is important that other countries got involved. as one who's argued for a long time that the united states should not be the only cop on the block, the fact the french and
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Mar 31, 2011 12:00pm EDT
generations the united states of america has played a unique role as an anchor of global security and as an advocate for human freedom. mindful of the risks and costs of military action, we are naturally reluctant to use force to solve the world's many challenges. but when our interests and values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act. that's what happened in libya over the course of these last six weeks. tavis: president obama of course monday night addressing the nation on u.s. m.s.g. action in libya. for more tonight i'm joined by congressman ron paul, the texas republican is a member of the house foreign affairs committee. he joins us tonight from the capital. congressman g. to have you back on this program. thank you for your time, sir. >> thank you, thank you. >> the president said we had to act in libya. is he right? >> i think he's wrong. what are our interests and what are our values? our values are defending the constitution. our interests are not served by starting wars. this is a preventive war. this is going and in saying we're going to prevent something from happ
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Mar 31, 2011 12:30pm EDT
happening every day, all across america. every time a storefront opens. or the midnight oil is burned. or when someone chases a dream, not just a dollar. they are small business owners. so if you wanna root for a real hero, support small business. shop small. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> simon: i'm bob simon of cbs news, filling in for charlie rose who is on assignment in asia. tonight, the spiral of unrest in the middle east now points to syria. today, president bashar al-assad gave a much-awaited speech, his first after bloody protests and the resignation of his cabinet. many were expecting assad to lift the country's emergency law which has been in place since 1963. instead, he acknowledged the need for reform but offered no concrete concessions. >> ( translated ): now we have to ask what kind of reform do we need to achieve and we have to avoid making the whole reform process subject to the current crisis in order not to.... >> simon: he also blamed the country's turmoil on a broad foreign conspiracy. >> ( tran
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Mar 28, 2011 5:30pm EDT
corporations. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> this is "bbc world news america." dock the's forces on the run. rebels appear to turn the tide -- gaddafi party forces are on the run. they are attempting to take the stronghold. the rebels said they will take this road all the way to tripoli. the closer they get, the more resistance they can expect to face. inside the nuclear evacuation in japan, where a rare look at the desolate area near the crippled reactor. new reports of a highly reactive water. defining the american dream of. we begin a special series examining those who have called the u.s. home. >> welcome to our viewers on a pbs in america. and in libya, state tv reports the new allied air strikes tonight even as anti-government rebels closed in on what could be an important symbolic win. they have been moving steadily west. moving from than gauzy, they are now in control -- moving from benghazi, the biggest win would be the capture of sirte. >> is taking the fight to colonel gaddafi parks and birthplace -- gaddafi's birthplace. a victory here would have huge sym
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Mar 22, 2011 12:30pm EDT
happening every day, all across america. every time a storefront opens. or the midnight oil is burned. or when someone chases a dream, not just a dollar. they are small business owners. so if you wanna root for a real hero, support small business. shop small. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: we begin with an update on the crisis in libya with richard engel of nbc news. first this, speaking at a joint press conference in chile, president obama defended the air strikes. >> i think it's very easy to square our military actions and our stated policies. our military action is in support of an international mandate from the security council that specifically focuses on the humanitarian threat posed by colonel qaddafi to his people. i also have stated that it is u.s. policy that qaddafi needs to go go. and we've got a wide range of tools in our military efforts to support that policy. we were very rapid in initiating unilateral sanctions and then helping to mobilize international sanctions against the qaddafi regime
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Mar 30, 2011 5:30pm EDT
now "bbc world news." >>> this is "bbc world news america." outgunned and ill-equipped, libyan rebels are on the run. >> we have to join the rebel forces pulling back. they managed to go a short distance up the road before we came under fire. >> hanging on, syria's president and his security forces set out to enforce it. and a million fans are mesmerized as india and pakistan face-off in the world cup. >>> well, on pbs in america and around the globe. it's just a few days ago, it seemed that the rebels had the upper hand in libya. now they are on the run. such is the fickle nature of the war. they say without continued help from western powers, the opposition cannot overthrow the government. following coalition air strikes, the rebels had been moving from their town of benghazi, but now have lost a town. >> revolution 101. beginners lessons in using a rocket-propelled grenade. but there is more guesswork and expertise. it the rebels want more weapons, and the international community is suggesting they may not get them, but what is missing here is training and leadership -- the
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Mar 1, 2011 12:00pm EST
, all of this was avoidable? >> well, it is horrible, of course. america went through 40 years without any financial crisis when regulation was much tighter, and banking was not quite so exciting. you know, banking has got an exciting in a very dangerous way, and we have to return to a much more regulated financial sector. i hope that the american people will become upset enough and angry enough and informed enough and activist enough to do something about this. tavis: you mentioned president bush in your indictment of what went wrong. this is not a republican problem. there is blame for the clinton administration, blamed for the obama administration. talk about the bipartisan nature of this crisis. >> it is a fairly bipartisan problem at this point. many of us, including myself, were deeply disappointed with president obama's behavior. he said things during his campaign that led us to believe he would take action about this, and when people voted for him and contributed to his campaign, i think many thought these issues would be addressed, and it has been a huge disappointment to see
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Mar 1, 2011 9:00pm EST
movement that is transforming the way we think about higher education in america. he and his investors have turned around a half a dozen colleges that now enroll close to 40,000 students. there are people who would say, look, this guy, michael clifford, he never went to college, he was a musician, he sort of drifted around, he had a born-again experience. do you have the credibility, do you have the bona fides to be determining the future of colleges around the country? >> no, i don't, but i'm doing it, and i think that's the great thing. only in america. i mean, my new book is called "how to run a college by a guy that never went to one." >> smith: and clifford doesn't act alone. he attracts some of america's biggest investors, like former g.e. chairman jack welch. according to the wall street journal, welch invested $2 million in one of clifford's schools. >> i invest in bonds and other things. invest in all these widgets i invest in, private equity. or invest in a school. hi, i'm jack welch. it's education for profit. i like this investment more than any one i got. >> ( laughs ).=mi
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Mar 11, 2011 12:00pm EST
hollywood storyline. it's happening every day, all across america. every time a storefront opens. or the midnight oil is burned. or when someone chases a dream, not just a dollar. they are small business owners. so if you wanna root for a real hero, support small business. shop small. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: we begin with congressman peter king's hearings in washington. king, the new york republican and house homeland security committee chairman began the day by defending his inquiry and vowing to go on. >> let me make it clear today that i remain convinced that these hearings must go forward and they will. to back down would be a craven surrender to political correctness and an abdication of what i believe should be the main responsibility of this committee: to protect america from a terrorist attack. despite what passes for conventional wisdom in certain circles, there's nothing radical or un-american in holding these hearings. indeed, congressional investigation of muslim american radicalization is t
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Mar 23, 2011 7:00pm EDT
, which was held down by bank of america. b. of a. was the biggest loser of the dow industrials, after acknowledging the federal reserve rejected its plan to increase its stock dividend. that rejection cost b. of a. shareholders over 1.5% today. bank of america was paying out 64 cents per share per quarter before the financial crisis. currently it pays shareholders one penny a quarter. director of research at k.b.w., fred cannon, thinks b. of a. may have been too aggressive in wanting to hike its dividend for the fed's tastes. he doesn't expect much of a hike at all this year. >> we think it may be a penny or two a share. if they have a dividend this year, it's going to be something relatively deminimus-- something like citigroup did, and not at all like what we saw the significant increases we saw at j.p. morgan wells fargo and u.s. bancorp. >> reporter: those three did raise their dividends with the federal reserve's blessing. citi fell two cents. j.p. morgan was up a fraction, holding on to its recent gains since announcing its dividend hike. and u.s. bancorp slipped a penny. again,
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Mar 1, 2011 5:30pm EST
. >> below, i might emily. welcome to the program, broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america and elsewhere around the globe -- i am mike embley. drought in china as the country's economy steams ahead. can the water supply keep pace with the change. >> welcome to benghazi, libya's second-largest city. we have heard bursts of gunfire. there is still uncertainty here, mixed with a sense of celebration. this is still very much a divided country. colonel gaddafi is holding on, but even the capital is not under his control, as we have been finding out. >> gaddafi supporters were in town to wave off a convoy to benghazi. they say his authority will be restored. >> forever, forever. >> the power of the regime is concentrated in the capital. gaddafi has genuine support here. people would not be out on the streets like this if they thought there wasn't in it chance of violent regime change. but look what somebody put it discreetly and without saying anything into one of the hands of my colleagues, a shell casing. it feels very different. they come at night, sometimes opening fire, sometime
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Mar 30, 2011 12:30pm EDT
isn't just a hollywood storyline, it is happening every day all across america, every time a storefront opens, or the midnight oil is is burn and when someone chase as dream, not just a dollar, they are small business owners, so if you want to root for a real hero, support small business, shop small. >> additional funding provided by these funders. >> and by bloomberg a provider of multimedia news an information services worldwide. >> captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> good evening, i am al hunt of bloomberg news, filling in for charlie whose who is on assignment in jakarta, indonesia. >> president obama addressed the nation monday evening to defend the libya, the assault on libya. >> libya at this particular moment, we were faced with the prospect of violence on a horrific scale. we had a unique ability to stop that violence, an international mandate for action, a broad coalition prepared to join us, the support of arab countries and a plea for help from the libyan people themselves. we also have the ability to stop q
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Mar 5, 2011 4:30am EST
tolerance for homosexuality in america, particularly in the military. he also talks about the clergy, catholic clergy and pope scandal, the priest scandal, all of the signs say things like, you know, pope in hell, thank god for dead soldiers. so they're quite offensive. but i have to say their work is not just at military funerals. they have protested at elizabeth edwards' funeral. they wanted to go to the funeral of the 9-year-old that was killed in the tucson massacre. they're out there a lot. they have a big very presence and their whole point is go to high-profile funerals -- gwen: and do outrageous things, which in this case are still protected. >> exactly. what the chief justice of the united states said was these are public issues. these are issues of a lot of debate having to do with military policy, catholic clergy and that's exactly why they should be protected. >> you don't see so many 8-1 slam dunks. what's with alito on this? what's his argument? gwen: justice alito was the one person who voted against it. >> justice samuel alito was the one dissenter and he also dissent
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Mar 4, 2011 7:00pm EST
to work. i know that's not america. but the fact of the matter is, these core prices are much more important overall, and the food and energy prices have some permanent elements to them but they also are some temporary elements. i think we're going to see the worst of the pressure go away. i don't think it's going to mount and i don't think inflation will be an issue. but there will be wage erosion, at least through the third quarter of this year. >> susie: where do you see the unemployment rate by the end of this year? it's 8. the 9% now. bob, you first. >> well i think we could see it almost down to 8%. i think these jobs are going to begin to ramp up. i think we're going to see a lot of progress and i don't think labor force participation rates are going to rise very sharply in the early part of the. >> susie: mark, what's your prediction? >> well, i think it's going to be slow going on the unemployment rate for the remainder of year. even if we get a lot more jobs because there are a lot of folks out there that will come back into the workforce. but by the end of 2012, i think
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